CD REVIEW: M. - L'Amour est mort
By Alex Jasperse - 11/28/2006 - 01:35 AM EST
Album: L'Amour est mort 
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8.5/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9.5/10
Every day we pass hundreds of signs and rules telling us what to do and not to. Whether itís a sign that tells us we canít make u-turns where its clearly convenient to do so, or that weíll be fined for not wearing shoes in a public place, weíve structured our lives into neat little social boxes. So of course once someone defies the boundaries, theyíll either be in some sort of trouble or subject to criticism.
It then makes me wonder, is non-conformity always a bad thing? Rules need to be broken now and then to make them better, right?
M.ís approach to music does just that. He tests whether or not music remains cohesive when sounds are stretched further. This concept of playing with sounds outside of the borders in which theyíve been contained, makes LíAmour est mort an incredibly fascinating musical and artistic statement.
Itís not always a smooth and aesthetic listen, rather dissonant and ever-changing Ė which makes it seem so chaotic at first. M.ís speech-like vocals are rough, yet melodic. And lyrically, itís a nothing short of a handful. It travels from being overtly sexual to deeply philosophical all within a verse, as tracks like Miss Zena (Baise Moi) and the 80s-inspired Motherís Milk demonstrate. With a flow of unrestrained ideas coming at you, this is definitely something youíll get your hands dirty in.
Although the majority of the record is layered with lush electronic textures, the occasional folk-inspired song, such as the intimately dark Adam, and the more up-beat Cruzando El Rio, showcase M.ís ability to transform familiar structures into something completely different. Like Bob Dylanís ability to leave listeners labouring to decode his lyrics, piecing together M.ís harsh and provocative poetry, requires concentrated work on the part of the listener.
The more you listen to Líamour est mort, the more you realize that thereís nothing really scary or chaotic about it. Itís rooted in solid rock traditions and psychedelic textures (for lack of a better term), which shine through with repeated listens.
This shouldnít be treated as abstract, intellectual or experimental music. Itís something that has to be listened to without any preconceived notions. Thereís no point in comparing it to anything else. Just let it fill the room. Listen. Then listen again. Then youíll get it.
The Verdict: 9/10
For more information, please contact M. through CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mmusic2)
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